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Macron to visit London in June as he seeks ’new chapter’ in relations
The UK and France ’must deepen our defence, security and intelligence cooperation,’ writes president.
Updated 2/1/20, 3:03 PM CET
French President Emmanuel Macron confirmed he will visit London in June as he promised a “new chapter” in cooperation between France and the United Kingdom.
In an open letter to mark Britain’s exit from the EU, Macron urged the important of cooperation between Britain and France as well as the remaining 27 members of the bloc after the country’s departure.
“I would like to begin a new chapter between our two countries, based on the strength of our unrivalled ties,” the president wrote.
“Ten years on from the Lancaster House Agreement, we must deepen our defense, security and intelligence cooperation,” he continued, referring to two treaties struck between the U.K. and France for defense and security cooperation in 2010.
Macron confirmed he will visit London in the summer to award the city the Légion d’Honneur — the country’s highest military honor — in recognition of Britain’s efforts in helping France to fight Nazi Germany.
June 18 will be the 80th anniversary of Charles de Gaulle’s speech from exile in London during World War II, in which he appealed to French people to resist the occupation while awaiting U.K. and U.S. assistance.
Macron’s letter was published hours after the U.K. left the EU Friday night,